Archive for Chris Hall

Quick! Amazon Prime membership slashed to £59 as a limited offer

Quick! Amazon Prime membership slashed to £59 as a limited offer

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Amazon has already started slashing prices for Black Friday, but there's a great offer on Prime membership if you've not already signed up.Amazon has slashed the price to £59 for new Prime members, so if you've been wondering whether to sign up or not,... >>

What is HDR, what TVs support HDR, and what HDR content can I watch?

What is HDR, what TVs support HDR, and what HDR content can I watch?

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The television industry never stands still, with manufacturers introducing new technologies every year to improve their TVs and convince you that now is the time to upgrade.Over the past few years we've seen the move from CRT to thin TVs, we've seen the... >>

Parrot Disco preview: You can be my wingman any time

Parrot Disco preview: You can be my wingman any time

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Most of the talk about drones has focused around quadcopters. Parrot has a fair number of those, like the Bebop 2, but the Disco is a different proposition, taking to the skies as a fixed-wing drone.In reality there's been no shortage of those, from balsa... >>

Anyone can buy anything using your Amazon Echo, here's how to stop it

Anyone can buy anything using your Amazon Echo, here's how to stop it

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Alexa is gifted with a full range of talents, but a recent update for those in the UK could leave you with a nasty surprise.On 20 October, Amazon turned on the shopping option for Amazon Echo. Voice purchasing means that you can ask Alexa to buy you things.... >>

Sony A6500 preview: Compact, powerful and now with touch

Sony A6500 preview: Compact, powerful and now with touch

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Sony has made a quickstep through some of its Alpha models, with the A6500 following the A6300 that was announced at the beginning of 2016.This new E-mount model offers much the same design of the A6300 and A6000 that came before and in many cases adopts... >>

Microsoft Surface Book vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Book vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference?

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The gauntlet has been thrown down. Microsoft has updated its top-spec Surface Book, while Apple has updated its MacBook Pro, putting in a new Touch Bar feature.These two laptops square up, both pushing innovative features, trying to pull you to Windows... >>

Google Pixel XL review: Android's new heavyweight champion
5.0 stars

Google Pixel XL review: Android's new heavyweight champion

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Google is finally taking the smartphone fight seriously, launching two new handsets with one simple message: Pixel, Phone by Google.That might sound like a slightly gawky message, but it's laced with potency. More than at any other time in the history... >>

Apple MacBook Pro (2016): Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Apple MacBook Pro (2016): Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Apple has announced an update to its MacBook Pro, claiming that it's about to change everything again.Taking to the stage at its "Hello Again" event in Cupertino, Tim Cook and chums announced a completely new MacBook Pro, simply called the MacBook Pro. This... >>

Microsoft Surface Dial: Price, availability and everything you need to know

Microsoft Surface Dial: Price, availability and everything you need to know

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Microsoft recently pulled the covers off the Surface Studio and a newly-updated Surface Book, but there was one innovative device that drew a lot of attention: Surface Dial.What is Surface Dial?Surface Dial is an accessory that's been designed by Microsoft... >>

Microsoft Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: What's the difference?

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If there's one message we're getting from companies, it's that designing your own hardware and pairing it with your own software is the way to go. Apple has long known this and doesn't do anything else, we've seen Google embrace this through Pixel devices... >>

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league
4.5 stars

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league

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If there's any smartphone manufacturer that deserves a second chance it's HTC. We can credit HTC for much of what we love about smartphones today. It popularised Android, it pushed premium metal design and build quality, and focused on user experience.HTC... >>

Windows 3D capture experience will be designed to work on all devices

Windows 3D capture experience will be designed to work on all devices

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Microsoft wants to have everyone playing with 3D with its forthcoming release of Windows 10 Creator Update, coming in 2017. Presenting new features of the update, Megan Saunders, general manager at Microsoft, briefly talked about 3D capture, an essential... >>

O2 Home offers an easy route down the smarthome path

O2 Home offers an easy route down the smarthome path

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O2 has a range of smarthome packs, aiming to make it easy to get your home connected.Rather than you going out and buying a range of individual devices, the O2 Home approach will let you choose a pack, have O2 install it and support it in your home, in... >>

BlackBerry DTEK60 vs BlackBerry DTEK50: What's the difference?

BlackBerry DTEK60 vs BlackBerry DTEK50: What's the difference?

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BlackBerry has announced another DTEK handset, with the new DTEK60 joining the existing DTEK50. BlackBerry has been shifting over to Android, first launching the Priv slider, an innovative handset that offered a lot of BlackBerry and a lot of Android.... >>

Logitech Pop is a smarthome switch that can quite literally get the party started

Logitech Pop is a smarthome switch that can quite literally get the party started

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Logitech announced the Pop, a smart home switch that looks to cross the smarthome divide and control multiple devices with the press of a button. in August in the US, but it's now also available in the UK.The switch links into your Wi-Fi, scanning for... >>

Sony Xperia XZ review: Falling short of flagship
3.5 stars

Sony Xperia XZ review: Falling short of flagship

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With the flagship Xperia Z family abandoned, the device that everyone expected to be the Xperia Z6 launched as the Xperia XZ. The new device is the fifth Sony smartphone to launch in 2016 - following the Xperia XA, Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and... >>

Pokemon Go's Halloween treat will stuff you full of Candy

Pokemon Go's Halloween treat will stuff you full of Candy

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Pokemon Go is getting into the spirit of Halloween, with a special in-game event running from 26 October through to 1 November. Some of the treats that Pokemon Go has in store are a little disappointing: suggesting that there will be more Zubats around... >>

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

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One of the big criticisms of stock Android has always been that the some of the basic niceties are missing. One of the most prominent of these is simple: battery percentage.It's a common tweak from the likes of HTC, Samsung or Sony, meaning you can see... >>

Best VR headsets to buy in 2016, whatever your budget

Best VR headsets to buy in 2016, whatever your budget

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The age of virtual reality is upon us (again) with a torrent of devices and content having launched throughout 2016 and some still to come.There has been a buzz around virtual reality (VR) for the past few years. Some of this has come from the lengthy... >>

Best smartphones 2016: The best phones available to buy today

Best smartphones 2016: The best phones available to buy today

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So, you want to buy a new phone? If you're looking for the best smartphone of 2016, you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest mobile phones of the year to save you time when you go to your local phone shop.We continually update... >>

Google Pixel tips: First things to do with your new Google superphone

Google Pixel tips: First things to do with your new Google superphone

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Google's phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL are now available. Designed by Google, these phones promise to give you a premium Android experience, with a number of exclusive features and bags of refinement.There are simple things you might want to do right... >>

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

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Google's phones have always been dependable for one thing: giving you the best of Android. With the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google has shifted the goalposts slightly, so that might not be the case anymore.The Nexus devices aren't Google phones,... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: The new smartphone champion
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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: The new smartphone champion

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Samsung has drawn a line between its two flagship handsets for 2016, launching a 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7, partnered with a 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The latter, more visually striking model with curved edges, is the one that's taking the lion's... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V preview: Adding quality, speed and accuracy

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V preview: Adding quality, speed and accuracy

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One glance at the RX100 V and you won't know whether you're looking at a new camera, or, pretty much, any of the previous four models. That's perhaps as much a testament to the design of the RX100 as it is the frequency with which Sony chooses to update... >>

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

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Some may have feared for Mini when BMW rolled in and took this British icon and modernised it, but spend 10 minutes on any major road and you'll know that the public adoration for the Mini hasn't abated.With the John Cooper Works super-charged version... >>